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dilettante
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Anna Karenina
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  • He knew that Vronsky could not be prevented from amusing himself with painting; he knew that he and all dilettanti had a perfect right to paint what they liked, but it was distasteful to him.
  • He was well acquainted with the way dilettanti have (the cleverer they were the worse he found them) of looking at the works of contemporary artists with the sole object of being in a position to say that art is a thing of the past, and that the more one sees of the new men the more one sees how inimitable the works of the great old masters have remained.

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  • my dilettantish efforts at painting
  • What is to me a means of livelihood is to him the merest hobby of a dilettante.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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